Executing the COVID-19 recovery

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Executing the COVID-19 recovery

A guide for state and local governments for reopening and restoring their economies

State and local governments are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. In the coming months, they will be focused on balancing health and economic impacts; promoting economic health for individuals, businesses, and other sectors; and reopening the economy with an eye towards a better future.

To support our clients in navigating this complex time, we are committed to bringing you important insights on COVID-19 crisis management. Our latest report, “Executing the COVID-19 recovery: A guide for state and local governments for reopening and restoring their economies” discusses challenges associated with reopening the economy, measures to manage the recovery process, and tools for establishing the “next normal”.

Governments are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. Surging demand for government services is adding up to the intertwined impact of economic headwinds and the risk brought by the health sector. To this end, governments will have an unprecedented number of roles to play that include designing a reopening plan, enforcing protocols for the renewal, communicating progress and setbacks, getting the government workforce back to work, and build infrastructure to rethink delivery of services that were temporarily paused and are now experiencing a sizeable backlog of work. Reopening the economy cannot be interpreted as “returning to normal” but a multi-dimensional challenge requiring real time, data driven decision making.

Governments can consider a few practical steps in an integrated way to overcome these challenges:

  • Establishing a Recovery Command Centre
  • Developing a robust communication strategy to increase transparency and build trust
  • Executing through a network of national and local government agencies, the private sector, academia, and not-for-profit-organisations
  • Using data and technology tools to accelerate the recovery

This guide dives into key balancing actions that can limit disease spread and help economic activity, as well as practical ways and tools that can help governments achieve resilience.

Published: May 2020

Executing the COVID-19 recovery: A guide for state and local governments for reopening and restoring their economies
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